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Mystic River Blu-ray
Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Based on the Dennis Lehane mystery
Originally released 2003
Warner Home Entertainment 2010
137 minutes

Do not let the Mystic River is 137 minutes long scare you off. This human drama is great adaptation of the Dennis Lehane mystery and director Clint Eastwood does not waste a single minute of screen time. Mystic River Blu-ray is worth the investment as it looks really good, has decent special features, especially an interesting commentary track with Kevin Bacon and Tim Robbins, and is less than 20 dollars.

A South Boston hood named Jimmy Markum, a cop named Sean Devine, and a local guy named Dave, are brought back together when Markum’s daughter gets murdered. The three men (Penn, Bacon, Robbins), already separated by something that happened to Dave when he was a kid, are very different individuals whose universes converge once again when Markum’s daughter is murdered. Laurence Fishburne plays Devine’s partner.

Mystic River is a methodical, character driven mystery. It may be 137 minutes long but it certainly does not feel like it. Not a scene is wasted. The tension slowly builds as elements and characters fall into place. The finale is powerful.

The supporting cast, including Marcia Gay Harden as Dave’s wife, is solid. The one weak moment is at the beginning of the movie. Dave is the goalie in a street hockey game but no Boston kid would ever hold a goalie stick as if it was a regular stick. Look for Eli Wallach, Eastwood’s co-star in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly as the liquor store owner.

Mystic River Blu-ray is an excellent movie.

Special features are the same as the 3 DVD set. They include an actually interesting commentary track with stars Tim Robins and Kevin Bacon. Robins is especially insightful. Also included are two documentary: “Mystic River: Beneath the Surface” (23 min.)  and “Mystic River: From Page to Screen” (11 min.) and three segments from  “The Charlie Rose Show”:  Interview: Clint Eastwood (42 min.) Interview: Tim Robbins (50 min.) Interview: Kevin Bacon (19 min.)

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